5 Patriotic Places to Visit This Summer
Today is the day to remember all of the men and women who have valiantly fought for our country. We don’t know about you, but that makes us feel a little patriotic.
Summer is a perfect time to hit the road or sky and visit some of the places that honor the individuals who helped to make our country what it is today. From New York City to Honolulu, here are five destinations that will make you proud to be an American.
Gettysburg National Military Park - Gettsyburg, Pennsylvania
A historic moment of combat in the Civil War, the Battle of Gettysburg took place in July of 1863. Four months later, President Lincoln’s famous Gettysburg Address was delivered here. This year, if you miss the park’s 147th annual Memorial Day parade and ceremony at the Soldiers’ National Cemetery, carve out time over the summer months to tour the battlefield. You can explore it in your own car; hike it by foot, bike, or horse; or sign up for one the ranger programs or educational battlefield walks.
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery -Arlington, Virginia
This site of the first military burials became a place to honor and remember those who gave their lives for freedom. In 1921, The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was constructed to remember the missing and unknown soldiers who gave not only their lives but also their identities. Every day from October 1 to March 31, you can bear witness to the uniformed and highly trained commanders who conduct a Changing of the Guard ceremony on the hour every hour while the area is open to salute the Unknowns at this momentous site overlooking Washington, D.C.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial - Keystone, South Dakota